Top Comics Laud Tig Notaro’s New Album
Tig Notaro’s new standup album, “Tig Notaro: Live,” is now available for download. “Live,” as in “Live Forever,” is Tig’s 30-minute performance at the Largo in Los Angeles. It’s unlike most stand up routines you have heard before.
On August 3, Tig performed a set following a tragic series of events. She went through a difficult breakup, developed an intestinal infection, lost her mother in a tragic accident, and learned that she had stage-two breast cancer in both of her breasts. Tig’s performance began as she announced her cancer diagnosis, telling the increasingly stunned audience that she was quite serious, and recounting the series of events. Her performance earned widespread approval from the audience; at one point, someone in the crowd can be heard shouting, “This is fucking amazing!” Comedians were just as impressed with Tig’s set.
Comics took to Twitter following Tig’s performance. Bill Burr wrote, “Just saw Tig Notaro at Largo… Made me feel like I was an open miker. Absolute genius!” Ed Helms wrote, “Tig Notaro just blew my mind at Largo. One of the most amazing stand-up sets I’ve ever seen.” Finally, Louis C.K. wrote, “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.”
Louie’s praise did not end there; he wrote to Tig and asked if he could sell her Largo set on his website for $5. Louie wrote a message to his mailing list where he elaborated on Tig’s set as “one of the greatest standup performances I ever saw.” Louie added, “The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them. Tig took us to a scary place and made us laugh there. Not by distracting us from the terror but by looking right at it and just turning to us and saying, “Wow. Right?” She proved that everything is funny. And has to be. And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example. So generous.”
Fortunately, Tig’s prognosis is good. She had a double mastectomy and recently announced that she is cancer free. She will soon write for Amy Schumer’s new Comedy Central series, based right here in New York. Tig also has a book planned, where she will write about some of the material she covers in her Largo set.
What are some of the most memorable stand-up performances you’ve seen? Which comedians or routines derived from the darkest subjects have had the most impact on you? Let us know by sounding off in our comments! In the meantime, keep supporting live comedy here at Stand Up NY and pick up Tig’s new album on LouisCK.com.